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Karachiites go to SC against SHC decision apropos Shahzeb Murder Case retrial!

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KARACHI: Members of the civil society converged today at KPC to announce that they were going to SC against LHC decision whereby terror charges were removed against Shahrukh Jatoi facilitating the culprits walk free after bails. 

Appellants   – Muhammad  Jibran  Nasir,  Jamshed  Raza  Mahmood,  Afiya Shehrbano  Zia,  Naeem  Sadiq,  Nazim Fida  Hussain  Haji,  Karamat  Ali,  Zulfiqar  Shah,  Aquila Ismail,  Fahim  Zaman  Khan,  and  Naziha  Syed  Ali – held:
“We the  petitioners  like  all  other  residents  of  Karachi  have  been  deeply  affected  and  aggrieved  by Judgment of  the  Honorable  Sindh  High  Court  of  28.11.2017  whereby  terror  charges  were removed  against  Shahrukh Jatoi  and three  others in the  case  of  killing  of  youth  Shahzeb Khan, an incident which had horrified and affected all  of  us.
“It  is astonishing  that  a  retrial has been  ordered in  the  case  where  the  trial  had  been  concluded  four  and  half  years  ago.  The  sole  reasoning  given by  the  Honorable  High  Court  is  that  motive  of  killing  Shahzeb  Khan  was  personal  enmity.  Since then, all  accused have  been released on bail.
“This  decision  of  the  Honorable  High  Court  is  specially  of  concern  given  that  another  Divisional Bench  had  already  noted  in  2013  in  this  very  case  that  the  killing  of  Shahzeb  Khan  had  “created a  sense  of  helplessness and insecurity  amongst the  people of  Defence/Clifton”  as  keeping in view the  manner  in  which  the  murder  was  carried  out  which  involved  a  car  chase  and  shoot  out  on  a public  road  in  a  densely  populated  area  of  DHA.
“Furthermore,  not  only  has  the  Honorable  High Court  set  a  poor  precedent  by  overturning  decision  of  a  bench  of  the  same  size  in  the  same  case on  the  same  issue  but  has  also  failed  to  consider  various  judgments  of  the  Supreme  Court  which have  well  established  that  it  is  not  only  the  reason  for  murdering  someone  but  also  the  design, manner and  circumstances in  which the  murder was done  which  determines terrorism.
“In  any  criminal  case  the  primary  responsibility  of  prosecuting  a  criminal  is  that  of  the  State.  It was  very troubling  but  not  surprising  to  note  that  the  State  abdicated  its  legal  and  moral responsibilities  as  the Prosecutor  General  conceded  to  the  case  of  the  accused  persons  in  this case  and  consented  to  the  Judgment of  the  Sindh  High  Court.
“Furthermore,  for  reasons  unknown to  us  the  family  and  legal  heirs  of  Shahzeb  Khan  have  also  pardoned the  accused.
“However,  we believe  that  if  justice  is  a  mutual  concern  for  all  members  of  society  then  its  pursuit  should also be  a  collective  responsibility  specially  when  the  crime  has  not  only  resulted  in  a  personal  loss  to the family  of  the  deceased  but  affected  the  entire  society  striking  panic,  fear,  sensation, insecurity  and terror.
“It  is  because  of  inconsistent  application  of  laws  and  meddling  of  power  and  influence  in investigation  and  prosecution  of  criminal  cases  including  those  related  to  terrorism  that  such horrifying  acts  continue  to  take  place  in  society  where  killers  roam  around  with  impunity creating  a  mockery  of our laws and justice  system  continuing  to terrorize  citizens.
“Accordingly,  we  have  today  filed  an  appeal  before  the  Honorable  Supreme  Court  against Judgment  of  the  Honorable  Sindh  High  Court  of  28.11.2017  and  as  part  of  which  appeal  we  have also  prayed  that  operation  of  the  said  Judgment  should  be  suspended,  and  all  four  accused including  Sharukh  Jatoi  should be  arrested and taken in judicial custody.
“It  is  our  moral  and  constitutional  duty  to  not  allow  our  criminal  justice  system  to  be  reduced  to  a private  dispute  settlement  system  and  ensure  deterrence  and  protection  against  such  crimes through strict implementation of  the laws in letter  and spirit”.

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FIA arrests human smuggler, recovers 167 passports

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ISLAMABAD: Anti Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a raid at Civic Centre Phase-4 Bahria Town Rawalpindi and arrested a human smuggler.
According to a press release issued here Wednesday, FIA AHTC also recovered 167 Pakistani passports from the possession of the accused, Uzair Hussain s/o Ghulam Hussain.
A case has also been registered against the accused. The accused was also involved in extortion of Rs.5.1 million from Hajj pilgrims.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Misuse of authority by CAA and PIA officials, NAB chief orders verification

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Executive Board of National Accountability Bureau

ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of the misuse of authority by CAA and PIA, Chairman NAB Justice (R) Javed Iqbal today ordered complaint verification against officials of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Pakistan International Airline (PIA).
The chairman NAB took notice of media reports as PIA passengers were suppose to return from Skardu by PIA flight which reached from Islamabad and was scheduled to come back on time but the Director General CAA allegedly took a group of friends for a special tour to Nanga Parbat on the PIA plane by misusing his authority and due to which PIA passengers have to wait for two hours, said a press release.
The chairman NAB ordered NAB Gilgit/Rawalpindi to probe the matter in detail and submit a report in this regard.
Javed Iqbal also sought a report from PIA for taking action against former CEO of PIA who not only took away PIA plane to abroad without any legal authority and then selling it on throw away price in Germany. The Chairman NAB said PIA was our national asset and safety of this asset was our national duty.
He directed to identify the real culprits allegedly involved in both the incidents so that they would be brought to justice and to recover lost national exchequer from them.

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Anti Narcotics Force commanders conference held

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RAWALPINDI: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Commanders Conference was held here on Wednesday at ANF Headquarters under the chairmanship of Director General, Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik.
The conference was attended by Commanders of all ANF Regional Directorates and Senior  Staff Officers. During the conference, the DG appreciated the performance of ANF outfits especially ongoing Hajj Operation initiated throughout the country smoothly and focused on the campaign against drug sellers affecting the youth.
He also highlighted the emerging trends of use of synthetic drugs, underlining it as a grave threat requiring special measures. He urged to ensure the strict checking of the pilgrims as well as international flights and to speed up the ongoing countrywide counter-narcotics operations, with a continued special focus on the apprehension of elements involved in the distribution of drugs among the students of academic institutions and hostels.
He also directed the commanders to take measures for the apprehension of absconders and proclaimed offenders.
The DG reviewed the progress of counter-narcotics operations and stressed on proactive and innovative steps for curbing drug trafficking and apprehension of sources of supply of drugs.
Moreover, matters pertaining to enforcement, intelligence, assets investigation, prosecution, mass awareness, finance, administration, and infrastructure development were widely discussed, futuristic goals were also set-forth, paying special concentration on new initiatives and capacity building goals.

 

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